“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

cover44563-mediumHow did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Science Fiction

Previously reviewed:
Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done

Synopsis: This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.

When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.

A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done.

200words (or less) review: What if you would know what someone else is thinking? Sarah Mlynowski’s new book explores just that. It sounds pretty cool but you’d probably learn more than you ever bargained for; what your best friend, the boy you like, your parents really think. Class 10B gets to experience this but their personal thoughts are also broadcast to everyone else who got the flu jab.

I thought the “we” narration worked well, in the first chapter I was a bit confused but you get used to it quickly. That said, I think that because it was nearly all of Class 10B (20+ students) there were too many characters for me to really get involved with. Sarah Mlynowski focuses on a few students in detail but even then I never got emotionally attached to them.

Don’t Even Think About It is a quick and fun read. There are plenty of scenes to make you smile/giggle and I know I’ll be reading the sequel.

Recommend it?

Yes

Expected publication:
May 1st 2014 by Orchard Books

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18104751How did I get the book?
Netgalley, thank you Random House

Genre: New Adult

Previously reviewed:
Losing It
Faking It

Synopsis: Kelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.
But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.
What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One…

200words (or less) review: Cora Carmack was the author of the very first New Adult title I read and she is one of the reasons I continue to invest in this genre. Faking It is still my favourite but Finding It is a fun read nonetheless.

Kelsey is a multi-layered character. Her initial introduction is that of a party girl but you always know there is more to her. I enjoyed seeing her character develop over the course of the story. Also Jackson and her relationship works well.

I know I’ll be reading Cora Carmack’s books for the foreseeable future. She’s really good at creating likeable characters you want to have adventures with.

Recommend it?

Yes*

*3.5Stars
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cover42414-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Random House / Flirt

Genre: New Adult

Synopsis: I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

200words (or less) review: I haven’t read anything by Julie Cross before but I’m pretty sure that will change now.

Isabel is a very smart young woman, just not in a social setting. After missing out on her residency because she doesn’t pass the “emotional readiness” assessment she decides to attempt a normal college experience as Izzy.

I enjoyed Third Degree, particularly because of Izzy and her mishaps. There are some truly hilarious moments and I did like the romance. I thought Marshall and Izzy’s relationship worked well with the pacing of the book.

New Adult titles are very much a hit and miss thing for me but Third Degree is one of the good ones.

Recommend it?

Yes
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cover41931-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Simon and Schuster & I bought a copy.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: When thirteen-year-old James discovers a homeless man in an abandoned house, the course of his life changes dramatically. Hoping to find a ‘cure’ for a dark curse inflicted on the homeless man, the pair embark on a journey together not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined…A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.

Mini review: I struggled a bit with writing up my thoughts on this story.

The Dark Inside has an enticing premise and there are many things I enjoyed about it. The friendship that develops between James and Webster, the way Rupert Wallis merges myth/magic with reality but I didn’t connect with the story as much as I wanted which is a shame.

Recommend it?

Yes
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18160169How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Do you remember the first time you climbed into the wardrobe with Lucy and emerged in Narnia? Flew on the back of Falkor the Luck Dragon with Bastian? Followed Alice down the rabbit hole? Welcome to your new favourite adventure.

Late one night Alice Creighton hears her father having an argument with a fairy – a snarling, bald beast with warts and needle-like teeth. It is threatening her father, insisting he accept a mysterious offer, or else.

When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent away to live with distant relative Mr Geryon, owner of a huge, dark library that is off limits to Alice. After meeting a talking cat who is willing to sneak her in, Alice opens a book and suddenly finds herself inside it – and the only way out is by conquering the dangerous creatures within. Alice has stumbled into a world where all of magic is controlled by Readers through books – she must open more books, face increasingly powerful foes, be the lead character in the quest to find a happy ending.

200words (or less) review: I want to visit The Forbidden Library; it sounds like such an amazing place. Plus there are talking cats. Please can I go?

If it isn’t yet obvious I absolutely adored the world building in this book. Django Wexler has created my fantasy getaway. The descriptions made everything come to life, giving the reader a beautiful, stunning and magical bookish paradise. I also adored the variety of characters but Ashes was my absolute favourite.

The story is enjoyable and Alice’s adventures keep you reading, though I will admit that I thought the book slowed a little in places. The ending strongly implies there is more to come and I’m excited to see what further adventures The Forbidden Library brings.

Recommend it?

Yes*

*3.5Stars

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So a while ago I did a Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me post and asked you to vote as to which book(s) I should clear out of that list.

The Night School Series by C.J. Daugherty won by a landslide, so I’ll be having a reading fest over Easter.

#NightSchoolReadingFest
If you want to join in that would be great, just use the hashtag #NightSchoolReadingFest

I’ll be reading:

  • Night School (Night School #1)
  • Legacy (Night School #2)
  • Fracture (Night School #3)

For those of you who already know the books here is your chance to tell me what treats I have in store (without spoilers of course ;) ) and what would make my #NightSchoolReadingFest even better.

Suggestions on music, treats, drinks, environment (example: reading on the sofa or hiding under the covers? by candle light?) are welcome.

I plan on having a bank holiday weekend of complete immersion in Allie’s world.

Let the reading begin. :)

 

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cover43232-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Random House

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: When hot, talented, uber-famous boy band Gold enroll at the prestigious Oakwood Academy, Iris is determined not to get distracted. She’s class president and a scholarship student, and she can’t let her grades drop. Besides, there are plenty of other girls who are desperate to get close to Gold – including Iris’s best friend, Chloe.

But on their first day at Oakwood, Iris is asked to show Gold around – and finds out gorgeous lead singer Rian will be sharing her locker . . .

Surrounded by fans and paparazzi at every turn, Noah, Luke and Rian love that Iris treats them just like normal guys. But being friends with three of the most famous people in the world comes with its problems. And when Iris begins to realize she has feelings for one of them, things get even more complicated…

200words (or less) review: I hadn’t heard of Jordan Lynde before reading Gold Rush but the cover caught my attention and once I read the blurb I was convinced. I can understand why Jordan Lynde has a large fan-base, Gold Rush is fun to read.

The characters, while plenty as all well thought-out and easy to keep up with. Iris is a good narrator and the relationships, both romantic as well as existing and new friendships, are believable. The banter between Iris and Rian is fun and I liked how their romance played out.

Towards the end of the book I thought Gold Rush slowed a bit but overall this was an entertaining read.

I’ll be keeping track of Jordan Lynde because I don’t think this will be the last of her works I’ll be reading.

Recommend it?

Yes
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